Category Archives: HEALTHY

Health is the ability to adapt and manage physical, mental and social challenges throughout life. As defined by the World Health Organization, health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. This is what I’ve learned about healthy living.

How To Lose Belly Fat Fast For Men

Today I’m going to outline how to lose belly fat fast, especially for men.

There’s a big problem out there for guys trying to drop a few pounds and get a lean muscular body. Actually, there are 7 BIG PROBLEMS. But they are easy to fix and you’re about to discover how.

On a recent vacation, I realized how simple losing 8-10 pounds in a month can be. You just need it laid out step-by-step to cut through the confusion out there. So that’s what I’ll do for you.

Have you ever wondered, “Does a regular guy wanting to drop a couple of pounds to look good on the beach really need to go through all the extreme discipline and time suck the magazines say?”
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Pistol Squat Progression: How To Do A One Leg Squat

Ray demonstrating a pistol squat progressionAfter I got injured, I looked up all the masters for a good pistol squat progression and am happy to say, I found the answers I was looking for.

If you are broken, it can help you too.

Here are a few of my resources I pulled from. In some way, shape of form, they all contributed a piece of knowledge to my pistol squat progression that at some point glued onto another piece to bring me to the final objective of doing a one leg squat.

In the end I have the routine and approach that showed me how to do a pistol squat that worked for my body. My body’s kinks, injuries and limitations. If you’ve weight lifted using the squat, deadlift, bench, overhead press your whole life, then our bodies are probably similar.

The Sources Of Pistol Information

Pavel Tsatsouline (The box down method works if it’s only strength you need but if you are broken, then other methods are needed.)
Steve Maxwell (Just solid stuff that works)
Steve Cotter (Inspired me with the table jumping pistol squat)
Gold Medal Bodies (I find that GMB is better than gymnastics bodies for stiff, banged up adults.
Scott Sonnon’s program for fixing a beat up body.
Kit Laughlin (Single Leg Squat Progressions)

Kit Laughlin is well known to those that are into flexibility and a fully functioning body but I wish he were even more known to the mainstream fitness crowd. He is a humble man who always speaks kindly and offers great courses for the most reasonable price if not free.
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How To Use Goal Setting Theory For Your Best Year Ever

goal setting theory - monks destroy goal mandalaMost goal setting theory guides say to form a life long, 25 year plan. Then work your goals back from there to do what you should right now. I don’t agree.

I’ve been there and tried that. The problem is that you truly don’t know the person you want to be in 25 years. You think you do. If you are living life fully, you never know what experience might turn all your best-laid plans on their ears!

14 years ago I was in the Canadian infantry and my goal was to become a sniper, crawl around in the jungles of panama and save the world. Now I’m writing to make a living. How does that work?

Life has a habit of changing. That means you and your goals will too. Why do you think there are so many divorces? People grow, they evolve and they become new creatures. Sometimes they turn into creatures that just don’t see eye to eye on things anymore. Their goals and expectations for life change.
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How To Lose Arm Fat Fast

lose arm fatIf you want to know how to lose arm fat fast, this is how to do it. A nice lean set of arms will naturally happen as your overall fitness improves, but there is one specific exercise for flabby arms that I want to share today. This exercise, along with reducing overall body fat, will bring those arms into super shape and make you look forward to going sleeveless.
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How To Start Working Out At Home And Get In Shape

how to start working out bench dipsThis is a series of articles, videos and podcasts on how to start working out again after you’ve lost most, if not all of your gains. Leaving the military has been the real test of keeping in shape when you are not forced to. Same with high school or university athletes. I’ll also post articles and resources related videos for more depth and to answer specific reader questions as they come in to me:

For example: Answers to “What are sets and reps?”

Lots of tips and answers for subscribers on how to start working out in the monthly free newsletter which you can sign up for at the end of this article.

If you would prefer to read this on your kindle, you can purchase a copy of this on amazon here: “How To Start Working Out” by Raymond Burton.

There is also a helpful podcast with lots of answers on how to start working out below. It’s after the newsletter sign up.

If you don’t find answers to the fitness questions you have, ask me in the comments after this post.

How To Start Working Out: Step 1

Thoughts lead to feelings, causing actions that create your results.

Change is hard. Let me set the record straight right here right now. You absolutely have the ability to improve your fitness and health. If you are human (and I hope you are, if not “live long and prosper”) then you can get in shape, lose weight, build muscle or whatever. But it will take work. Read that again. If you are human, you can get in shape.

I only say this because some people believe they are born a certain way and cannot improve. “It’s genetics,” they say. Genetics do matter. But effort, consistency and focus matter a whole lot more.
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How To Boost Metabolism And Basal Metabolic Rate

Ray Burton: As you get over 40, your metabolism starts to slow. It was never a problem for me before so I didn’t look into it much. But now I’m 43, and as I started research on how to boost metabolism, I realized it is a huge topic and that a lot of people want to speed up their slowing metabolisms.

So what we’re going to do today is cover how to boost metabolism, sculpt your body, burn off body fat, develop unstoppable motivation and much, much more.

At the end of this information, you will also find a video and podcast about how to boost metabolism that I did with author Nick Nilsson.

I’m Ray Burton, author of “Begin At The Gym,” which is your complete blueprint to starting from scratch with the goal of losing weight and building muscle with no prior training experience.

However, in this series of articles, I’m going to answer specific questions submitted via e-mail in response to when I asked my readers what they wanted answered about how to boost metabolism so you can sculpt your body, burn off body fat and develop a lean muscular physique.
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Visiting New York – Things To Do And Places To Visit

NewYork WorkoutWell this one has been a long time coming but it’s time to write about the New York trip. If you followed the launch of the Body Of A Soldier program you’ll know that my main purpose of going to New York was to do a session with the Bartendaz in the park and film it to include the workout in the program. But since I was there… might as well do as many fun things as possible while there right?

Day 1

Get off the plane and there is a train that will take you right into New York. How cool is that. From there, you’re probably not going to pay more than $10 to get to any manhattan hotel.

Now before I go further, check this. I told a few people I was heading to New York and the comments all pretty much could be grouped into “Why?” and “Be careful and watch out for the crazies”. WTF? Seriously. First, “Why Not” and second, be careful what you look for because you’ll probably find it. People have to stop watching the news and discover what they think of the world for themselves and not what the fear mongers tell them.
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The Bridge Across Forever By Richard Bach Book Review

the bridge across forever by richard bach bookI started reading The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach and I’m blown away. It’s been awhile since I have read something that didn’t directly involve the law of attraction, marketing or self-awareness type stuff. (That was great grammar).

The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach is titled as a love story. WHOAH! Wait a minute guys, it’s different than you think. First the main character is Richard himself who is an author. Actually he starts off as a pilot who fly’s around the country giving rides in his plane for money. See? It’s getting interesting already isn’t it?

Then one day like the rest of us, he gets thinking. He wants someone else in his life. We all reach that point where even though we are happy, we would like to have someone to share our experiences with. So he starts his new mission. Continue reading

Woca Radio Interview With Ray Burton

Woca radio with Larry Robin And Ray BurtonLarry: If you want to lose weight join the army. Today we have with us two-time winner of the most physically fit soldier award, Ray Burton. Forget about the latest fad, Ray has a plan for you. Hey Ray is there global warming up there too?

Hey Larry, ya no, I just woke up this morning and stuck my head out of the igloo this morning and came back from tracking some polar bears but other than that its a normal day in Canada.

Robin: Laughs. Polar bears! I love that! Laughs.

Your book is not..not a very big book. And I’m guessing the information we read in it is all you really need.

Ray: There ya go!

Larry: You know when something just rings true?

Robin: Um hum

Larry: Then you kind of have a good feeling about it. And I guess that’s the feeling I got from this book. It just rings true, ya know? So many people come on and they will write books that are like 800 pages and, actually that one guy had a good book..

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Following Bob Parsons 16 Rules And How They Changed My Life

Somehow, either in the newsletter or sent to me by a reader I recieved Bob Parsons 16 Rules. I thought it was worth sharing so I added my two bits and a handful of shrapnel. Sometimes, a lot of guru’s “secrets to success” come down to a lot of sitting on your thumbs and doing some wishful thinking. Although that is part of it, you hardly ever get any meat and potatoes to work on, I hope this is different.

To me this post is just like a readers digest version of The Secret and Tony Robbins all mixed into one! I’ve read stuff from a lot of self improvement super stars but have settled on Jim Edwards because of that fact that he is one of the few that always stresses that action is the key to success (and he didn’t become successful by selling people “how to be successful”). You can have the best battle plan in the world, but if you never drop your ***** and pull on your socks, you wont accomplish squat.

Here are Bob Parsons 16 rules to become more successful
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Our Sayulita Mexico Tattoo Shop Travel Adventure

sayulita mexico birds eye viewSince most people get a lot of joy out of travelling, I thought a section on Sayulita Mexico might be of interest to some people. First, if you make most of your income on line like I do then you will want to know a good internet cafe. Garcia Realty on calle Revolucion 41 is a great place and you can even check out some real estate while you are at it.

There are about 12 computers in here and a wireless connection if you have your laptop. Let me tell you, if you do any work on the internet its a heck of a lot better to be sitting in this little surfing town then in crowded puerta vallarta. Its cheaper and better in all regards except maybe accommodation.
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Culler The Caledonian

Culler The Caledonian PictThis will be new and I hope very cool. I am writing a story. The story will unfold as it comes to me. Each chapter I write I will put the rough version up here to read. The story will be of a Knight and his journey through life, what comes along the way and revelations that surface as his spirit grows. Read deep or just enjoy the surface story. I hope reading the story will touch you in the same way as writing it does for me.

Culler The Caledonian

Sitting at the morning table the knight pondered over his bowl of oatmeal. He had won so many battles and claimed hundreds of honors yet still felt empty inside. He had worked hard all his life and achieved all the goals and titles that the other knights only dreamed of.
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